Wild Escapes – Kanha
Photography Tour to Kanha
Single Supplement: ₹9500
You start early. Looks like a lazy day. Wait for your turn to enter the park. You hold your cameras tight, ready to click the moment you sight a striped beauty. The jeep stops with driver and the guide trying to listen to the “call” and the tiger emerges slowly. All you can hear is the crispy sound of dry leaves getting crushed under the mighty paws of tiger and the sound of shutters closing and opening in a frenzy. And then it vanishes in the thick forest. You are convinced your day is made and now nothing else matters.
This best describes a typical day in Land of Tiger.
The Beauty of Kanha
The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book”. The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The Park’s landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hardground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park’s fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia.
Kanha also shelters one of the largest populations of the tigers in the country. Some of the other larger animal species found in the park are sloth bear, leopard, striped hyena, spotted dear, wild boar, jungle cat, jackal and a variety of monkeys. Over 200 spices of birds have been spotted in the park. There are many folklore about how it got Kanha name. Some say it came from Kanha, the clay like soil of the river bottoms, other say the area is named for Kanha a holy forest sage, who once lived here and was the father of Shakuntala, whose son was Bharat and whose story was told in our legends.
Pre Tour Analysis:
Each registered participant will be requested to submit their landscape / portrait related images. Our panel will analyse each image to see how to guide each individual during the tour to help them enhance their skills. We will also provide individual feedback to their each submitted image and suggest improvement points.
During the Tour:
Based on the analytical data available with us post “Pre Tour Analysis” we will provide individualized attention to all and ensure they work on their weaknesses and enhance their skills. Evening Gup Shup sessions will be learning oriented and practical tips will be provided based on the mistakes committed by participants during the day.
We shall also have atleast one evening session dedicated to post processing workflow to help them become a complete photographer.
After the tour:
Each participant will be required to submit 3 of his or her best images from the tour. Each image will be analysed and constructive feedback will be provided. Best of the lot will make it to our website and blog; and will be aggressively promoted on FB.
Day 1, June 17: Arrival and Initial Foray
Leaving Jabalpur / Katni early in the morning, participants arrive in Kanha. After check-in, freshening up and lunch, and a round of brief introductions, your Tour Leader will share some tips on Wildlife photography and tourist rules of the Park and set the tone for the Tour.
Then it’s time for the much-awaited first safari, during which we acquaint ourselves with the park and if lucky get to spot the striped beauty. Following our first photo safari, we return to the resort, where the Tour’s first interactive foto gup shup session will ensue. These unique Light Chasers sessions, which are highly fruitful and great fun, are reported by earlier participants to be as enjoyable as the safaris themselves and should entertain you as much as educate you.
Having spent a noteworthy day replete with exploration, photography, and frolic, we enjoy a scrumptious supper before hitting the sack for the night with dreams of what lies ahead.
Day 2, June 18: Morning and Afternoon Safaris in Kanha
The morning safari lasts for a full four hours, giving us a splendid chance to not only track tigers but also see and photograph many other inhabitants of this Central Indian Eden. We exit the park at 9:45 a.m and return to our comfortable resort for a refreshing shower and a rejuvenating breakfast.
After a brief repose, we meet for a session of bird photography where you shoot birds under the expert guidance of your Tour Leader.
Lunch will be followed by the second safari at 3:30. Afternoons are great for bird-watching, and while we wait for Tigers to start moving towards open areas to counter the winter cold, we have a great time photographing some of the winged attractions of Bandhavgarh, which may include Indian Roller, Serpent Eagles, Red Wattled Lapwings, and Greater Adjutant Storks. Meanwhile, your Tour Leader will constantly monitor the situation and strategize with the guide and the driver to maximize Tiger sighting opportunities.
After hopefully a fruitful excursion, we return to the resort for a cup of tea and later meet for a review session followed by dinner and shuteye.
Day 3 June 19: More Morning and Afternoon Safaris in Kanha
On Day 3, we follow the same schedule with variations in strategy and approach if and as required. Your Tour Leader will always be thinking a step ahead and will collaborate with the drivers and naturalists to take strategic decisions both proactively and driven by need, in an effort to achieve a rewarding time.
Day 4 June 20: Morning Safari and Checkout
On Day 4, We venture into the Park for one final throw of the dice in the way of a morning safari. Upon our return, having completed a fruitful stint in the land of the tiger, we depart Kanha after breakfast and drive back to Jabalpur whence we return to our abodes.
Book for the event
• GST @5%
• Twin-sharing accommodation in comfortable rooms
• All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
• All safaris and entry fees (6 Safaris in total))
What's not Included
• All Airfare and transfer expenses
• Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
• Insurance, laundry and phone calls
• Bottled water and soft drinks
• Alcoholic drinks
• Camera fees if any (participants will be advised of the estimated fees in advance)
• Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list (see above)
Events Terms & Conditions
* Pls. download the Travel Declaration. Fill, sign and submit it before start of the tour.
- How different are tours and photo tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday based on what is hot in that season with almost no inclination to offer you what you would want to see, Photo Tours are innovative ways to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. All of our photo tours are fun with a loads of learning and knowledge sharing. Moreover, since the group consists of photography enthusiasts only it makes your experience your experience more focused and fun filled.
- What is the suggested equipment for this tour?
For wild animals a mid-telephoto lens in the range of 100-400 works best. For birds however you require a longer focal length lenses but a minimum requirement is 100-400 lens. However prime lenses with higher focal lengths like 500mm or 600mm work the best, but we never advise anyone to go for those lenses just for coming on this tour. Camera bodies which work better in low light conditions and which have a crop sensor and high fps are suggested. We always advise to carry a monopod and a bean bag to stabilize your camera to get tack sharp pics. The tracks can be very dusty which can harm your camera, so we strongly suggest a dust bag to keep your gear protected when not in use.
- What are the prerequisites for this tour?
The only pre-requisites are good health and an avid interest for Wildlife photography.
- I am a rank beginner in photography / I only have a simple point and shoot camera. Can I be a part of this tour?
Oh yes very much! We always encourage every photography enthusiast whether an experienced photographer or not to attend such organized photo tours.
Feel free to be a part of this tour and get to take valuable tips home from our skilled team of experts and other participants as well.
- How many participants are expected to share a Room?
All participants are accommodated in twin-sharing rooms. Single supplements are charged extra. Please enquire with us about your single supplement charges.
- What are the chances of sighting a Tiger?
Tiger is a wild animal and since we are not visiting a zoo, the chances of sighting it will be purely coincidental. We do not have any control over it and do not make guarantees of any kind. We however will be planning to maximize sighting based on some critical movement details of this King.